Lawmakers in the state of New York converge today to review a proposal that would legalize online poker gaming within the state borders. Legislation created by Republican Senator Jon Bonacic will be under discussion by the Senate Standing Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering in the hopes of learning more of the prospect of becoming involved in the iGaming industry of the United States.
The measure created by Bonacic, the Chairman of the Committee, would legalize and tax online poker gaming in the state. Individuals who are under the age of 21 would not be eligible to take part in the online gaming option.
While Bonacic has been a strong supporter of online gaming, the State Assembly will be a tough sell. The state is far from legalizing any legislation but the fact that they are discussing the issue is a step in that direction.
The state is currently focused on land based gaming with three Las Vegas-style casinos having been proposed and fourth casino is under review. Licensing and then of course the creation of the land based venues must be completed before gaming can begin in the brick-and-mortar sense.
Because the state is working on land based gaming, there has been experts who come forward, stating the online gambling could be a threat to the traditional casino landscape the state is trying to create.